Independent Human Rights Commission calls on government forces to ensure election security.
AIHRC Registers 30 Attacks Against Candidates
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has registered 30 attacks against election candidates since the registration process started in July.
The commission said that during this period, 54 people including 10 parliamentary candidates were killed and 186 others were wounded.
The AIHRC Chairperson Sima Samar said she calls on anti-government militants to stop killing the people and that the security forces should do their best to ensure the security of October 20 elections.
The candidates who lost their lives in insurgent attacks include Abdul Jabbar Qahraman from Helmand, Haji Hayatullah Hayat an influential candidate from Nangarhar, Awtar Singh Khalsa from Afghanistan’s Sikhs and Hindus minority, Mawlawi Mohammad Anwar Niazi from Parwan, Haji Jalaluddin Salehi from Kabul, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai from Helmand and Nasir Mubariz from Kandahar.
Meanwhile, Fariba Rahmani from Badghis lost her life in a traffic accident when she was on her way to Badghis province.
Haji Daud and Sayed Obaidullah Sadat were possible candidates who were killed by unknown armed men in Ghazni province last month.
“In total, the independent human rights commission has registered 30 attacks. The casualties during campaign are at 240 individuals including 54 martyred and 186 others wounded,” said Samar.
“We lost ten people and a number of other fellow countrymen who were busy with them (candidates) in their offices or campaigns and a high number were wounded,” said Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, spokesman for Independent Election Commission.
Based on TOLOnews’ records, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, a candidate from Helmand, was killed along with seven others on Wednesday.
This comes after an attack at a campaign office also in Helmand just over a week ago which claimed the lives of eight people including the election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai.
Other candidates killed include, Nasir Mubarez, a candidate for the Kochis, from Kandahar, who was killed on September 25 by unknown armed men in a shooting in Kandahar City’s PD2.
On September 2, Anwar Niazi, a Parwan candidate, was killed and two others wounded when a magnetic IED was detonated against the vehicle they were traveling in. The incident took place in Kabul city center, in Shirpoor, in PD10, at about 7pm local time.
In August, Jalal Salehi, a candidate from Kabul, was killed during a security forces operation in Kabul’s Shakar Dara district.
Another candidate, former member of Ghazni provincial council, Sayed Obaidullah Sadat, was killed in Ghazni on July 14 by unknown armed men.
On July 1, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leader, Ottar Singh Khalsa, who was running for parliamentary elections, was killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.
And on July 30, another Nangarhar candidate, Hayatullah Khan Rahmani, was killed when a suicide bomber targeted him in Rodat district in the province.
More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in the October 20 elections.